renewable energy with PV-Modules in India
The Dalits from the villages of the Tumkur district live as “Untouchables” on the very bottom of the society hierarchy. They face a lot of discrimination and live in secluded colonies far away from the main village. In these colonies there is no access or just a limited access to basic resources like water or energy and the Dalits just possess limited money from their fieldwork. The only source of light in the barracks is lamps fueled by expensive kerosene which spread toxic vapors. Because of this the project partner REDS sets the aim to supply the households with solar lamps. 4.163 photovoltaic-systems were installed in the houses of the Dalits-families. One system includes three fixed and one portable solar lamp.
Advantages of the photovoltaic systems
The central advantage is that there is no need for the use of fossil fuels and so the environment is protected. Due to the availability of longer lighting, children and teenagers can learn longer, even when darkness falls and furthermore, the toxic vapors and the fire hazards are reduced. The concept of women’s roles is strengthened because of new positions resulting from technical trainings for setting up and maintains the solar systems. Job creation is also achieved by the project. The project’s contribution is essential to households with little resources helping them invest in their own and their children’s future. The projects will last ten years with a total reduction of 13.120 t CO2 emissions.
Contribution to the SDG
The Rural Environment and Development Society (REDS) was registered in 1996 as a Non Profit Organization with its main objective being the promotion of wellbeing in the local communities. The activities of REDS include rural development, sustainable agriculture, upholding children’s rights and the fight of human trafficking and also to enable other Community-Based-Organizations I the use of available natural resources. The organization supports projects that facilitate sustainable development. As an active member of diverse district and state networks, REDS cooperates with others to represent the public opinion, interests and to lobby for their people in these networks.